PeerJ Sections


PeerJ, the journal, is now divided into separate Sections by field.

Section Editors have oversight of their section to ensure the journal maintains a fair peer review process and the highest standards of scientific practice in their fields.

Within each Section, the Academic Editors regularly identify and highlight the most important new PeerJ publications in their field. Learn more & Meet the Section Editors.


Cellular production of a counterfeit viral protein confers immunity to infection by a related virus

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kate Bishop –– The acquisition of viral genes by hosts to use as anti-viral proteins is interesting and this adds to our knowledge of such mechanisms.
Functional responses of a cosmopolitan invader demonstrate intraspecific variability in consumer-resource dynamics

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This interesting study investigated the effect of predator (green crabs) and prey (mussels) morphology on prey consumption using a consumer-resource dynamics model across native and invasive ranges of the European green crab (Carcinus maenas).
E-cigarettes versus nicotine patches for perioperative smoking cessation: a pilot randomized trial

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Raymond Niaura –– There are surprisingly few studies that have compared e-cigarette type products to other methods for cigarette smoking cessation. Although the sample size is small, this study tested ENDs efficacy in a clinically relevant subgroup who are in immediate need of quitting smoking for health reasons.
New records of the archaic dolphin Agorophius (Mammalia: Cetacea) from the upper Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation of South Carolina, USA

Editor rating: 8 / 10

J. Thewissen –– Modern toothed whales (odontocetes) are interesting because they are able to shed the design constraints that most mammals, including Eocene whales, have (for instance, in the number of teeth and the number of phalanges). Early odontocetes, such as the one described here, are on that path: they are exploring the limits of the mammalian bauplan. We don't know much about the morphology of these groups, so every fossil described helps us understand that evolutionary exploration better.
Growth and feeding of deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa from the California margin under simulated ocean acidification conditions

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Albert Gabric –– The work on coralline responses to CC impacts such as acidification is weighted towards tropical ecosystems. This paper provides a useful counterbalance in the literature and as Dr Buscher has noted provides a window on the future of all coralline ecoystems.